What's next for Ronaldo after United?
Updated: Jul 6
After such an abject and ignominious season in the Premier League which saw United confirm their place in next season's UEFA Europa League on the last day of the season - thanks to a West Ham United loss at Brighton, a Ronaldo exit had been in the offing.
After signing a two-year contract with the club upon his return, there was the feeling of optimism - at least amongst the United fraternity, that Ronaldo's two year stint at the club would be full of tremendous success.
The Portuguese star on his return to Old Trafford for a second stint, scored 18 goals in 30 league appearances, and turned out to be the only shining light in the United team throughout the 2021/2022 season.
But all that followed his individual fantastic season in a struggling Red Devils side was some sterile and aberrant narratives about how the 37-year old ace scorer was holding the team down due to his inability to press for the team - a very bad return of investment on his loyalty, respect and love for the club and its fans.
It all became clear when United didn't eventually make the top four, with questions being asked if Ronaldo would be swayed by his loyalty and love for United and stay with the team to play in UEFA's second tier cup competition.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid striker on Saturday, officially made a request to leave Manchester United this summer so he can continue to play Champions League football next season - which is a no-brainer.
It's inexplicable having the record goalscorer of 140 goals in the UEFA Champions League miss out on the competition because of his love and trust for a retrogessing clubside. So it's a no-brainer.
Leaving United is the best decision he could've made because it's inane for Ronaldo to overplay his role at United just to prove loyalty, as doing so would only mean that he undervalues even himself.
And this brings about the most important question. Where could he possibly be playing next season?
There are obviously not many options for Ronaldo as there are just three or four clubs who could afford him where is desire to play Champions League football would be met.
The first on the list is Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions could be a possible destination for Ronaldo as a Robert Lewandowski's exit to Barcelona speculation gets heightened by the day.
The Bavarians would be keen on replacing the unhappy and want away Polish striker with a better Ronaldo and have a go at winning the UEFA Champions League, a trophy they last won in 2020.
Although, Ronaldo's wages will be considered by Bayern Munich as they don't pay up to £400k weekly. The highest earner in the team is Robert Lewandowski who earns £369k currently.
But if a 30-year old Sadio Mane would be earning £350k per week at the club, it's only logical that Ronaldo earn more given the value he comes with.
Another possible destination for the 37-year old is Paris Saint Germain. The French Champions are known to be the home of Super Stars and are always in the market for a big name.
Already, there's Messi, Mbappe and Neymar who could leave the club before the summer ends.
It may look complicated having Messi and Ronaldo in the same team but it's not impossible. Also, if PSG's new manager, Christophe Galtier happens to be a big fan of Ronaldo, the deal is as good as done.
Is a return to Real Madrid possible? Yes. If there was a return to Manchester United where Ronaldo won just one Champions League and Balloon d'Or, then a return to Madrid where he bagged the Champions League and the Balloon d'Or in fours is possible too.
The Los Blancos having missed out on the signature of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland could see Ronaldo as a short term replacement and get him on board for the second time.
The Blues are also an option for Ronaldo. however, it's unclear if United would be willing to let him join a Premier League rival - a move the club forbade last year when Ronaldo was on the cusp of joining Manchester City.
Chelsea has allowed Romelu Lukaku rejoin Inter Milan on loan and are clearly on the hunt for a replacement.
Ronaldo absolutely fits the bill but would the new Chelsea hierarchy be able to pay Super Ronaldo a huge weekly wage.